Pagination Sucks

By Deane Barker on April 19, 2007

Pagination and Page-View Juicing are Evil: Totally, totally agree. Having something below the fold is bad for the home page because the user can’t see it on first load. But when there’s article content down the page that they’re currently reading, it’s ridiculous to say they won’t scroll to get to it.

Over the last several years, many publishers have convinced themselves that breaking up stories into sometimes as many as ten pages is an acceptable way to present content on the web. The realistic ones at least admit that it’s a cheap way to boost stats. The disingenuous (or naive) ones actually posit that they are improving readability and usability for their audiences by reducing scrolling. Because scrolling is so hard.

Via Kottke.

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Comments

  1. I agree wholeheartedly! This is why I love the Firefox extension, repagination. I’ve been using it since it came out, and before that I used its predecessor, antipagination. These extensions allow you to right click a ‘Next Page’ type link, and load some/all (your choice) of the subsequent pages, tacking them onto the bottom of the current page.

  2. This is what the “Print” link is for. Click it and you get the whole story, minus much of the clutter.

  3. Repagination is brilliant!!! After all, how long does it take to load 10 pages through broadband?

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